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Fields & Applications Pharma & Biopharma

Beyond the Champions League

In the December 2014 issue of The Analytical Scientist, Peter Schoenmakers described analytical chemistry as the Champions League of measurement science. He wrote that an analytical technique cannot enter the League unless the team brings together fundamental researchers, application specialists and instrumentation experts. He also wrote that analytical meetings can only act as showcases for the Champions League when the balance in the room between each specialism is right. I wholeheartedly agree but perhaps couldn’t have put it quite as nicely as Peter.

Speaking as a player from the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, I’d like to take it a step further by including a fourth pillar: regulatory experts. Although we all love analytical science, our techniques are never the aim, rather they are the tools to help us achieve our goals. If we do not recognize what is required of these tools, we cannot develop them in the right direction or score the goals that ultimately win the game.

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Cari Sänger-van de Griend

Consultant at Kantisto BV, Netherlands, and Director and board member of CASSS.

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